Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

3-2006

Abstract

This article considers the affinities in the socio-political thought of Emmanuel Levinas and Richard Rorty. The writings of both display considerable concern for the suffering of others. Both authors note the importance of a self-critical subject becoming more aware of its own injustice as very important for recognizing our responsibilities to others. Furthermore, both stress the importance of recognizing the other outside of the usual, objectifying categories, since it is the uniqueness of the other that reminds us of our responsibility for the other. Both writers view the liberal state as the best political forum in which to realize a fuller recognition of and responsibility towards the other, a form of state in which the ethical constantly interrupts the political. Rorty and Levinas disagree, however, on the legitimacy of not responding to the other.

Keywords

Critchley, irony, justice, Levinas, liberal state, reponsibility, Rorty, sentimental education

Discipline

Ethics and Political Philosophy

Research Areas

Political Science

Publication

Philosophy and Social Criticism

Volume

32

Issue

2

First Page

193

Last Page

209

ISSN

0191-4537

Identifier

10.1177/0191453706061092

Publisher

SAGE

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1177/0191453706061092

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